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-- a startling new epidemic in this country -- -- over the bodies of many of our athletes celebrities.
Young people and adults according to the FDA.
An estimated 45 million Americans have tattoos a number.
Joining us now to give us a sense of psychology behind this epidemic of ink psychotherapist doctor -- about.
Doctor good to have you here -- to be here I I have to say is we began looking.
It's surprising the number of people I'm astonished by 20/20 1% of Americans have tattoos of which that's the -- It's it's a very old art form but I think what we're seeing -- it's no longer within a certain sub culture and that's what's changed it's really become.
More of a fashion statement away eighteen personally brand one -- and because we see it selloff and -- it doesn't look strange to -- so they're more inclined tune to get it and maybe not think twice about.
Well let's take a look at some of the pictures of those who -- who have these tattoos.
-- -- -- -- Attack took here in New York because it is so Rex -- with the -- -- of a woman who is presumably his wife -- and we're very marks and shows Jersey number six.
Let's take a look at the next one and there.
There is column now.
-- -- of the forty niners.
Who is as extensive or -- yeah I mean what.
And I'm looking -- -- Smith.
Of the New York Knicks are and what's going on here.
-- -- inside this is extensive snuck back in some cases it's a way to say look at me.
I'm different or I'm -- seeking attention or a way to start a conversation I mean.
And McCain says people don't know how to have conversation communicate with one another.
And so the visual art becomes a way to have a conversation it's a way to start a conversation.
-- -- -- I would say that it one time it would be fair for me to say -- of people who I was where -- -- tattoos.
I would be of service members primarily.
In in the navy and -- And in in.
Hell's Angel yes inmates.
And now that's not that I didn't hang around -- basis much.
But now we see celebrities doing OK and so are I adjusted doesn't look like it's part of just that.
Weird sub culture and so many people like -- artistic.
We're gonna be back -- --
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